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Luke Weaver

Born: 08/21/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 170
Mechanics
Thin frame, but not overly long or tall; needs to add weight to lower half but hasn't filled out much since high school; above-average athleticism allows him to repeat well; plus arm speed, lands softly, clean, loose arm action; gathers well at top of leg lift; each velocity; good strong drive off back leg.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 06/23/2015
Affiliate Palm Beach Cardinals (High A, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 06/15/15
OFP 60
Realistic 55, number 3/4 starter
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 65 92-94 95 Velocity: 60/60
Movement: 55/55
Command: 50/60

Plus command for level, would be ML average right now; moderate arm-side run, not enough to miss bats but enough to induce ground balls; repeats arm slot well; willing to pitch inside, attacks hitters.
Curveball 40 45 75-78 78 Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 40/50
Command: 50/50

12-6 action, sharp downward movement; added and subtracted speeds, 75-76 range had bigger break but not as sharp, pitch operated better when thrown 77-78, break not as big but sharper; must operate down in zone; not likely an effective pitch against LH hitters.
Change-p 55 60 83-84   Velocity: 50/50
Movement: 50/60
Command: 60/60

Commands the pitch well; similar moderate arm-side run to fastball, adding to deception; strong velocity differential from fastball; lacks vertical break but keeps in same pitch plane with fastball; replicates arm speed extremely well; difficult to identify; showed a willingness to throw to hitters of either handedness.
Overall

Weaver is quite polished for a player in High-A ball, as is to be expected from a former first-rounder out of a major college program. He doesn't have an ideal starters frame that appears to be built to eat innings, but his velocity comes out easy and his mechanics are sound enough to prevent any concern. The fastball/change-up combination will be his calling card, and the pitches look identical with similar arm action, release point and movement. The curveball is currently inconsistent, but it could become a third average pitch, especially against right-handed hitters.

With a three-pitch arsenal, including two that could be plus pitches, Weaver should be able to remain a starter. There are some durability concerns just because of the slender frame, but nothing in his mechanics suggest that it will be an issue. Weaver is polished and poised to move quickly.

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